We have a Father in heaven who loves us, a Father we can go to for help when we need it most, a Father we can talk to any time of the day or night.
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
This bible verse came alive in a movie I saw last week with a group of friends. In the film “War Room”, the main characters walk through life as if God is some distant relative with whom they have lost contact because he lives too far away. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan seem to be living the dream but we soon find out they have a strained marriage. They have lost connection with God and each other. Then, their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets Miss Clara and is challenged to make a battle plan of prayer for her marriage and her family.
“War Room” is much more than a movie about the power of prayer. It’s full of biblical themes that we can reflect and chew on for a long time.
Victories Don’t Come by Accident.
In the film, Elizabeth feels hopeless. Her inner warfare is so intense, she has to actually cry out to the Lord and verbally rebuke the devil. There most certainly was a spiritual battle and until Elizabeth applied the tools Miss Clara gave her, she was losing the battle.
You Have a Spiritual Inheritance. Pass it on.
Raised a Christian, I grew up knowing I was saved by grace and the precious blood of Jesus but it wasn’t until I was in my forties that I fully understood God had a spiritual inheritance for me and my family.
“You see, you can have the experience of salvation and receive a new heart, but still miss the experience of walking into your spiritual destiny—your spiritual inheritance—the portion that is to be implanted in your new heart.” – J. Bynum ¹
It was through the Holy Spirit’s revelation and walking with God that I received what He had for me. I had to learn to use spiritual weapons to fight for it as Elizabeth did in the movie.
Mercy and Grace
“War Room” also addresses the challenges men and women face after they confess their wrongs and make a move toward God in repentance. Tony has to decide if he will make amends to his family and his company. Through his journey to restitution and reconciliation, he finds the power of God and the destiny God has uniquely planned for him.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
In response to prayer, faith and obedience, God poured out His mercy on the quagmire Tony created in his life. I left the movie with a fresh appreciation for God’s abundant mercy. If it wasn’t for God’s forgiveness and mercy, none of us would stand a chance.
“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.” – Luke 6:36
“War Room”, written by brothers, Stephen and Alex Kendrick, is full of biblical truths nicely woven into a good, believable story.
At the start of the film this scripture fills the big screen:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:1
By the end of the movie my friends and I understood this passage in a fresh new way. “War Room”, appropriately exhibits how we can apply this scripture to our lives and receive the grace we need to live His Word and to protect our families.
I highly recommend this movie from Sony Pictures!
With much love and gratitude, Linda
- “My Spiritual Inheritance” (a book about walking in your destiny) by Juanita Bynum